Alana Bartol

2017, 10:02 minutes, colour

TAPECODE 2070.00

A dowser visits oil wells in Alberta. A dowsing rod takes flight, demonstrating its powers of divination, warding off dark creatures that appear in the form of neckties.

TOTAL FIELD is one in a series of works that asks how dowsing might shift our relationships to natural resources, technology, and place, while examining remediation, care, and the reliability of information. The Orphan Well Adoption Agency (Calgary, AB) was created in 2017 by Alana Bartol. The OWAA’s mission is to facilitate symbolic adoptions of orphan oil and gas wells across Alberta.

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